Mist descended on the pass as our expedition set out from Pheriche to Leboche. The journey took us on an ascent of 700m to over 4,900m.
We had woken to stunning mountain panoramas that encircle the valley that is home to Pheriche.
After just a few quick steps, you become breathless. Your limbs and backpack feel heavier. Very quickly the world shrinks to just you, your trek mates and the mountain.
Once in a rhythm the challenge of putting one foot in front of the other decreases. I found myself entering almost a meditative state as I focussed on my breathing and moving forwards. Always forwards into the misty, grey expanse of the Chola Pass.
Suddenly the path flattened, curved and dropped slightly to reveal water, yaks grazing and our destination Leboche.
An eight hour trek up 456m to 5,356m will get us there!